Very poignant article. Another quote from the article.(Page 5)
"He took his hardest hit not long ago. After Roeper announced his departure from At the Movies in 2008 Disney wanted to revamp the show in a way that Roeper felt would damage it Ebert disassociated himself from it, too, and he took his trademarked thumbs with him. The end was not pretty, and the break was not clean. But because Disney was going to change the original balcony set as part of its makeover, it was agreed, Ebert thought, that the upholstered chairs and rails and undersized screen would be given to the Smithsonian and put on display. Ebert was excited by the idea. Then he went up to visit the old set one last time and found it broken up and stacked in a dumpster in an alley"
Ebert was an early champion of my (now copyleft) film Sita Sings the Blues. He wrote an excellent review while the film was still in copyright jail. I didn't know how he'd weigh in on the copyright issues holding back the film, but when he learned of them I was relieved and delighted by his response. He agreed that it was ridiculous for corporations to demand extortionate fees because they "owned" 80+ year old songs that were supposed to be in the Public Domain.
He's an extraordinary man for a lot of reasons, and I'm grateful to have met him in person at Ebertfest last year.
Great story Nina! Thanks for sharing. And don't be shy about plugging your great film. Everybody should set aside some time to watch it:
DO you people intentionally try to mess with someones train of thought???
(pause)I just now re-read,and now see the slight connection with 'patent/copyright','intellectual property'.For a tidbit of info I have to read through a couple pages of theatrics???